Spurs under 19’s versus PSV: (match preview)
Matt Wells under 19 side continue their own European odyssey on Wednesday afternoon, when they face PSV Eindhoven at De Herdgang stadium, in their third UEFA youth league game of the campaign. This is a crucial group game for Wells side who after having picked up draws against Inter Milan and Barcelona in their opening games, really ought to be aiming for a win against the Dutch club if they want to bolster their chances of progressing from group B. However, the Dutch side who are managed by a certain Ruud Van Nistelrooy are in my opinion the best team in the group after Spurs. Like many of the Netherlands top clubs, PSV have long been famed for their production of youth players over recent decades. And Van Nistelrooy has a talented pool of players at his disposal for this European campaign. PSV are a very technical side who play their own particular brand of attacking football, and they have are fortunate an array of talent in their side. Of which includes talented Belgian duo Sidibe and Vertessen as well as highly rated Czech defensive midfielder/defender Michal Sadilek. After putting in impressive performances against both Inter Milan and Barcelona, Wells youngsters will be feeling confident that they can overturn the Boeren tomorrow afternoon in Eindhoven. However, from what I’ve heard this is a very talented PSV side, so this could be an even greater test than the one in which we faced against Barcelona last month. I would expect a number of the players who played in our under 18’s 6-1 win over Aston Villa at the weekend to start this game, such as Dilan Markanday and Luis Binks. Whilst 16 year old Troy Parrott is likely to lead the line following his return from suspension. I’m anticipating a really exciting game of football in which both sides will be so desperate to win and on our current form it would be silly to rule us out of causing an upset. Unfortunately I cannot make tomorrow’s game and I have since found out that it is not even being televised in England. so I shall be checking the score on Flashscores throughout the afternoon! I wish all of our lads the very best of luck and I hope that they enjoy their time in Eindhoven.
My predicted lineup: (4-3-3) Austin (c), Hinds, Eyoma, Binks, Brown, Bowden, Skipp, Maghoma, Roles, Parrott, Markanday.
Subs from: Oluwayemi, Walcott, A.Shashoua, White, Oakley-Boothe, Bennett, Richards.
Doubtful: Brooklyn Lyons-Foster (ankle) and Jonathan Dinzeyi (leg).
Injured/unavailable: Enock Asante (leg).
Previous meeting: Spurs 4-1 (2011).
My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.
My one to watch: PSV’s Belgian centre forward Yorbe Vertessen has one goal from his opening two UEFA youth league games this campaign. The technically talented Belgian international impressed me during last summers under 17 European championships in England.